China unveiled an updated J-15 fighter jet for use on aircraft carriers
Shenyang Aircraft Co, a subsidiary of the state-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China, posted photos on its social media account on Tuesday, introducing its production activities as the year comes to a close.
One of the photographs showed a J-15 fighter jet taxiing on a runway with the help of a tug truck, drawing the media's attention.
When compared to earlier J-15s, this one features many differences. This indicates that it is an improved version, according to eastday.com, a Shanghai-based news website, on Wednesday.
According to the image, the new J-15 fighter jet employs a new type of wingtip pylon - the same as the J-16 fighter jet - to replace the older type used on the J-11B fighter plane.
According to eastday.com, the photo also shows that the infrared search and track systems in front of the cockpit and the front of the wings have been altered, implying that the avionics systems of the new J-15 have been enhanced.
Another significant difference is the radar, as the lightning diverter stripes on the new radome are not the same as the previous one, according to the source.
According to eastday.com, this could suggest that the updated J-15 switched to an advanced, active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar system, enabling China's most modern PL-15 beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile.